Simple Facts That Hardly Anyone Seems to Truly Understand
There could be thousands of these little reminders. There are so many things that we think we know, that we think we understand and grasp the significance of. But the truth is: we understand the sentences, but not always the deepest meaning.
1. Everything is simple
We are only creating fake problems. If you put things in the simplest perspective, the knots unravel by themselves. Simplify a situation until there is no longer a problem. Each problem has its solution, otherwise, it was not a problem in the first place.
2. Each year, you fly over your death anniversary
And that’s okay. It should be a reminder that life is short, and can stop at any time. Imagine yourself knowing you only have a few days left. Would you be satisfied with the life you have led? Make the changes now. What are you waiting for?
3. Stop wanting more…
… and start enjoying what you already have. It’s not about chasing things after things, goals after goals. It’s about enjoying the path, what you’ve done, what it brought to you. Just settle down a little, and truly appreciate what you have. It’s the same thing with money. Stop chasing more and more of it. If you are not in financial need, then you have enough money to be happy with it. Learn to use it wisely, and put money to work for you.
4. Focus on what matters
Organize your time and spend it on what matters. Work is important, but not as much as spending time with your loved ones. Make time for yourself as well. Make time for working on the projects that matter to you. Make time for traveling. Make time for living life.
5. Seize control
Take control of your life, and start working toward your personal goals. Have you ever sat down and spent one full hour self-reflecting and soul-searching for your true calling? What can you do today to get an inch closer to it?
6. Stop running…
… and start being here. Learn the art of stillness. It has the power to solve most of our fake problems.
7. You are lucky
You being here, reading these words (thank you!), means several things. First of all, you are lucky enough to have been born in a rather comfortable country. You have learned to read. And you have enough spare time to cultivate yourself and read things you are interested in. Measure up all these things.
8. What will matter in the end are the relationships
It’s not about the money. It’s not about physical appearance. It’s not about material possessions. In the end, what will matter is the relationships. The human connections. The moment spent with your loved ones and the amazing encounters with strangers.
9. Everyone is its own planet
Every stranger you come across lives on its own planet. Has the same inner whirlpool as you. Stop judging, and try to be comprehensive of what you don’t know. You don’t know what people are going through. Everyone has their own reasons for the way they act. Everyone is an iceberg.
10. Do it
Do the things that scare you. Take this trip alone. Talk to this stranger. What are you risking? Looking silly? So what? You’ll probably never see them again.
“Go outside. Don’t tell anyone and don’t bring your phone. Start walking and keep walking until you no longer know the road like the palm of your hand, because we walk the same roads day in and day out, to the bus and back home and we cease to see. We walk in our sleep and teach our muscles to work without thinking and I dare you to walk where you have not yet walked and I dare you to notice.
Don’t try to get anything out of it, because you won’t. Don’t try to make use of it, because you can’t. And that’s the point. Just walk, see, sit down if you like. And be. Just be, whatever you are with whatever you have, and realise that that is enough to be happy.
There’s a whole world out there, right outside your window. You’d be a fool to miss it.”
― Charlotte Eriksson